Tonight: Dragonette. Mavis Staples, James Joyce-Inspired Symphony

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  • Why Canadian-English electropop outfit Dragonette isn't hee-uge around these parts is beyond us: The quartet picks up where early Goldfrapp left off, with a dash of Blondie and songs Lady Gaga wishes she'd recorded first. They open for the Swedish duo Miike Snow’s first of two (sold out) shows at Terminal 5–and we kind of think it should be the other way around. 9PM. 
  • At 71, gospel singer/civil rights activist Mavis Staples is basking in the glow of her magnificent career reboot. She comes to the cozy City Winery, performing material from the 2010 disc You Are Not Alone (produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy), which itself comes full circle with several tracks Staples initially recorded decades ago. 8PM.
  • If the American Symphony Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall with a gimmick, it’s a thoroughly winning one: The entire program is inspired by everyone’s favorite Irish poet-genius-drunk, James Joyce, including Mátyás Seiber’s Ulysses. Maestro Leon Botstein will discuss the project in a special Q&A sessions an hour before the concert, at 7PM. Performance, 8PM.

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